Two Tibetans die after self-immolation

Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustantimes.com, 06 October 2012

A Tibetan writer who demanded the return of exiled leader of the community Dalai Lama and more freedom for Tibetans died after setting himself on fire on Friday, a rights group said on Saturday.

Identified by his first name, Gudrub, 43, was the 53rd person to self-immolate since 2009, the International Campaign for Tibet said in a statement on its website.

The Chinese government was yet to react to the latest cases of immolations

The Chinese government maintains that the self-immolations in the Tibetan Autonomous Region and elsewhere are instigated by the spiritual leader of the Tibetans, Dalai Lama, based out of Dharamshala in India. Authorities have said all regions in China where ethnic Tibetans live, especially the Tibetan Autonomous Region were on the path to development and separatists were trying to disrupt growth.